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    These Are 8 Names to Know for Mets' GM Job



    by MARK FEINSAND @feinsand

    The Mets' front-office trio of John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya have some major decisions to make in the coming weeks, namely whether to deal either of their two aces, Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

    The club is in the middle of a difficult season, enduring another stunning twist two weeks ago when general manager Sandy Alderson took a leave of absence to deal with cancer, effectively ending his eight-year run as general manager.

    So while there is a lot of buzz regarding player personnel, the biggest long-term decision might be naming a GM. According to sources, the team is likely to look outside the organization for its next GM, though internal candidates will also be considered.

    Aside from deGrom and/or Syndergaard, there are several other players likely to be on the move, including pending free agents Jeurys Familia, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Bautista. Any deals -- or lack thereof -- in the coming weeks could shape the Mets' future. But it remains to be seen who will be making these decisions beyond this season.

    Who might be given the opportunity to turn the franchise around? Here's a look at eight candidates who could get a look:

    Ricco, assistant GM, Mets
    Although the source indicated the Mets are likely to look outside the organization for their next GM, it's impossible to discount Ricco as a legitimate candidate. He's worked under each of the past three Mets GMs and is a Wilpon family favorite, so even if he doesn't get the job, he's likely to remain with the club if he chooses to.
    David Stearns, GM, Brewers
    Eight years ago, Jon Daniels -- a Queens native who grew up rooting for the Mets -- was considered a potential candidate for the club's vacant GM job before Alderson was hired. Now, it's another New York City native (and childhood Mets fan) who could be the Mets' dream candidate. Stearns has done a marvelous job building a contender in Milwaukee, and even if a return to Gotham intrigues the 33-year-old, it seems far-fetched to think that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio would allow his GM to leave.
    Jared Porter, assistant GM, D-backs
    As part of the Theo Epstein tree that has produced a wealth of front-office talent, Porter has been a part of four World Series championship clubs with the Red Sox and Cubs. Porter joined Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen (another Epstein disciple) in Arizona in November 2016, taking over as the D-backs' senior vice president and assistant GM. Porter is well-respected among scouts, coaches and player development folks, his experience in several areas making him an ideal GM candidate.
    Chaim Bloom, senior vice preisdent of baseball operations, Rays
    A finalist for GM openings in Milwaukee and Philadelphia, Bloom has established a stellar reputation during his 13-year run with Tampa Bay. When Andrew Friedman left for Los Angeles in 2014, Bloom was promoted to the Rays' VP of baseball operations, adding the senior VP title in '16. Erik Neander holds the GM title, though the duo works in concert when it comes to the club. For Bloom, the opportunity to run his own team -- especially a big-market club in close proximity to his native Philly -- would be an interesting possibility.
    Tim Naehring, VP of baseball operations, Yankees
    One of Brian Cashman's most trusted lieutenants, Naehring has developed a reputation as one of the best talent evaluators in the game. The former Red Sox infielder would join Jerry Dipoto as the only former big league players in a GM position, though it remains to be seen whether Naehring would even be interested in leaving the Bronx after spending more than a decade working for Cashman.
    Ben Cherington, VP of baseball operations, Blue Jays
    The former Red Sox GM has been connected to other jobs, namely the Braves' opening last fall. Cherington has been serving as the Blue Jays' VP of baseball operations for the past two years, and while he seems satisfied in his role, a move back to the GM chair can't be ruled out. Cherington was the GM for Boston's 2013 World Series championship club, but he left after Dave Dombrowski was hired as president of baseball operations.
    Jason McLeod, SVP of player development/scouting, Cubs
    Yet another Epstein disciple, McLeod has been part of the Cubs' brain trust since November 2011 as the club's senior VP of player development and amateur scouting. McLeod has been considered a future GM for a few years, though he signed an extension with the Cubs that runs through 2021. During his time in Chicago, he's overseen the selection of first-rounders Albert Almora Jr., Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber in consecutive years.
    Josh Byrnes, SVP of baseball operations, Dodgers
    The former D-backs and Padres GM nearly landed the Mets' gig in 2010, finishing as the runner-up to Alderson. Byrnes, the Dodgers' senior VP of baseball operations for the past four years, was Epstein's assistant GM from 2003-05, helping the Red Sox break their 86-year curse. He's been a candidate for other GM jobs in recent years, including the Angels gig that went to Billy Eppler in late 2015.


    Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001.


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      an interesting name in the Mets GM search...a blast from the Mets past, a scouting (not saber) guy, a guy that has been in charge of player development for a team strong in player development, and a guy somewhat credited with drafting David Wright while serving as the Scouting Director for the Mets...

      In the nascent stages of the Mets’ general manager search, Gary LaRocque’s name is among those receiving consideration. LaRocque, a key component of the...

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        Jon Heyman also kicks the tires on possible GM replacements with why each makes sense, and then why each is unlikely:

        The Mets haven’t officially said they are going outside to fill their GM opening, but indications are strong that that is their intention.

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          Latest On The Mets’ Front Office Plans



          by MARK POLISHUK;

          3:01PM: “Several Mets officials” hope that Ben Cherington becomes a general manager, SNY.tv’s Andy Martino writes. Cherington, the former Red Sox GM and current Blue Jays VP of player development, was recently cited as a potential candidate in reports. While he recently said that he is happy with his job in Toronto, Cherington also said he’d be open to considering an opportunity to run a front office once more. Josh Byrnes, however, may not be in the running, as he has told colleagues that he will likely remain in his current role as the Dodgers’ senior VP of baseball operations.

          10:49AM: With Sandy Alderson unlikely to return as the Mets’ general manager in 2018, the team is beginning to lay the groundwork for its search for a new baseball operations leader. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Cardinals director of player development Gary LaRocque is one of the early candidates “receiving consideration” from Mets ownership, though the GM hiring process won’t fully begin after the season since the Mets will need permission from rival teams to interview several candidates.

          LaRocque is a known figure within the organization, having previously worked for the Mets from 1998-2008 as scouting director, director of player of development, and then as assistant general manager. The 65-year-old LaRocque has never been a general manager, though he has over 40 years of experience in various front office roles, as a scout, and as a minor league coach and manager in the Dodgers’ farm system. This track record of overseeing and developing young talent, as well as LaRocque’s familiarity with the Mets, make him a logical candidate for the team as it moves into what could be a mini-rebuild, though New York held off on dealing any of its true roster cornerstones (i.e. Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard) at the trade deadline.

          LaRocque also has the sort of old-school front office resume that is reportedly the preference of Mets owner Fred Wilpon, as Puma writes that “the growing belief is Wilpon will look toward a more traditional baseball person” as the next general manager. While more teams are increasingly turning towards younger executives with analytics backgrounds to run their baseball operations departments, as the 81-year-old Wilpon isn’t likely to hire the type of younger executive “with whom he would perhaps have difficulty connecting.”

          This stance isn’t likely to be popular with Mets fans, who are already displeased with the team’s lack of recent success and the common perception that the Wilpon family takes too a heavy hand in the Mets’ day-to-day baseball operations. Puma also notes that some Mets officials feel that the Alderson front office “became too analytics driven in recent seasons.”

          Mets assistant GM John Ricco has long been considered to be a candidate to eventually take over the top job, and though he is still in the running, Puma reports that New York is “more likely” to hire its new general manager from outside the organization. Ricco and special assistants J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya have been acting as a three-person management unit in Alderson’s absence, and it appears as though the trio will have at least some influence in the hiring process. Minaya in particular “will have a strong voice in the search,” Puma hears from sources.

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            NL Notes: Mets



            by CONNOR BYRNE & MARK POLISHUK

            The Mets are considering Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava and Rays special assistant Bobby Heck as candidates to be their next general manager, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Neither man has been a GM before, though both LaCava and Heck have a wealth of front office experience, particularly in the areas of scouting and player development. LaCava has been with the Blue Jays since 2002, when J.P. Ricciardi (now a Mets special advisor) was Toronto’s GM. Heck has been with the Rays since 2012, following lengthy stints with the Astros and Brewers that saw him play a notable role as both those clubs amassed a strong collection of young talent.


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              that one guy from Tampa might make a Heck of a GM...

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                    Is Tim Healy, the guy tweeting 2 posts above just stupid?

                    So the Mets will wait until after the season finished to ask for permission to speak to candidates? That's the way it is always done.

                    So does he just tweet to see if his tweeter still works?

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                          Jeff sure threw Sandy under the bus in his interview.

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                            My first reaction when I saw the article yesterday...

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                              Originally posted by mjjm367 View Post
                              Is Tim Healy, the guy tweeting 2 posts above just stupid?

                              So the Mets will wait until after the season finished to ask for permission to speak to candidates? That's the way it is always done.

                              So does he just tweet to see if his tweeter still works?
                              wasn't Alex Cora interviewed/hired for manager while still a top coach for the Astros in the playoffs?

                              yep:

                              During the 2017 ALCS, Cora interviewed for the open managerial position of the Boston Red Sox.[25] It was subsequently reported that Cora would be named as Red Sox manager.[26][27] On October 22, the day after the Astros defeated the New York Yankees in the ALCS, the Red Sox announced a three-year managerial contract for Cora, for the 2018 through 2020 seasons, with an option for 2021.[28] He formally assumed the role on November 2, 2017, following the World Series.

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